Feel Safe Yet? (take two)
- A private security company's unarmed guards have been yanked out of the city's two water filtration plants amid concerns about safeguarding Chicago's drinking water.
- "They were sleeping. They weren't where they were supposed to be. The change really was necessary to protect the integrity of the plants. It's not like guarding salt piles. This is one of the highest terrorist targets in the country," said a source familiar with the review.
- The firm was hired to provide security for several city departments, even though Water Management officials ranked it "dead last" among a handful of finalists.
Water Management's $117,720-a-year security chief Janet Pestka, a retired Chicago Police assistant deputy superintendent, was outspoken about what she viewed as Honor Guard's inability to handle such a sensitive assignment. After writing a letter of protest, she was reassigned to the job of director of internal audits. Two months later, she resigned.
Pestka could not be reached for comment.
Nah, not in Chicago. This town is the epitome of honest and open government.
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